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ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) - A northern Virginia man says leaving his wife and his 7-year-old daughter inside their burning home was hardest decision of his life.

Bill Barkes had already rescued his 11-year-old daughter Sarah from their Arlington home, but when he climbed back up a ladder to get the rest of his family, he says the flames had become too overwhelming.

The 46-year-old Barkess says hat he knew if he didn't make it out of the fire alive, his oldest daughter would be alone. He says having to make that choice made him feel totally helpless.

His wife, Mary, and his younger daughter, Emily, were killed.

Police say the home did not have working smoke detectors. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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